THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun11

Boys Toys, Chelmsford, June 15th

Why are you running about trying to get your father a present for this Sunday? Don’t work so hard! Get him a ticket to Boys Toys at Hylands Park instead…

Though lower down this post we offer a few other ideas… tools. BBQ stuff. World Cup bunting to decorate your garden… all the cliches. Having said that, some tools are great, like this one Okatsune 217 Hedge Shears

Boys Toys 2014 at Hylands Park in Chelmsford might not seem like Modern Mint’s normal modus operandi – we normally eschew extreme stunts, helicopter flights and monster truck rides for a gentler way of life.

But now and again you need the contrast. So bring on the power!

Starts at 11am, Spitfire MK XI and Hawker Hurricane arrive at 1, they will be worth the entrance fee alone. What are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!

Of course, if that doesn’t do it for you… because your father prefers gardening to cars (or you just can’t make it to Chelmsford…)

Here are a few more ideas for presents this Father’s day:

And now for some tools!

and the best power tools of them all…

Enjoy! Happy shopping!

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.